Posts Tagged ‘Teaching’


2 John 1:7-11
Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.

These are very uncertain times and there seems to be a great search for the truth to life and God as there is little or no hope left for us here. Many twist the word of God to suit their pursuit of power and contort God’s word to the way that would benefit them. John wrote this letter to a matronly lady and praises God for the way her children have turned out. This lady provides hospitality to Christian teachers who travel through her town and John warns her about entertaining teachers who do not teach the truth of Jesus Christ as she could actually be hosting a deceiver. In these uncertain times, how do we know who holds to what belief and what is the truth? What is God’s word speaking to us today? (more…)


Acts 28:30-31
For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sometimes, the most challenging aspect of our walk with the Lord is the monotony. Paul was a man after God’s own heart and from the moment of his conversion, he was a man with a zeal for God and served God to the Jews and gentiles with his all. Yet he was imprisoned, doubted, challenged, mocked and rejected for his faith. As Paul’s journey continued to Malta, then to Syracuse, Rhegium, Puteoli and finally to Rome, he continued to serve God faithfully by sharing the gospel with all whom he met, by encouraging the brothers in each location if there was a body of believers and by walking the straight and narrow. What did it take for him to be so driven to serve God through such trying circumstances?

Yesterday at Church, we were introduced to a new believer who just got baptized. In him, I saw a deep yearning for God and a walk that I would love to call my own. In him I saw the joy of forgiveness and the realization of what Christ had done for him. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, is it not a challenge that soon we start living life back in our own terms and drift away from God? Is that not a worry to you? I now remember how the Lord saved me and what the sweetness of His forgiveness was when I was saved. I now know what Paul saw daily as he served the Lord faithfully until his final days. Lets remember and lets certainly not forget!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 18:1b, 4-6, 9-11
Paul left Athens and went to Corinth… Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. But when the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles”… One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.

For a long while, I imagined Paul to be a strong and courageous man for his ability to speak out against what was not right and stand up for the gospel. In today’s passage, we see another side of Paul; we see fear and frustration in a man devoted to the cause. So much so that God had to reassure him in a vision. Paul in his ministry traveled significantly with one goal in mind – to serve Jesus to the world and now he seems lost. What happened to Paul? Had he lost his drive and passion? Was it the strength of the opposition or the lack of support in his ministry? What is the Lord speaking to us this morning?

Like many, we tend to put our faith in things we can see and touch and so in Paul, we drew confidence from his powerful ministry and life because he is a person we can relate to. However, we are reminded again that Paul is not the role model we need to follow but Christ. Paul, like you and me, is a servant of God and lived to glorify God, not himself. We need to be focussed on Jesus and draw strength and direction from Him. As human as Paul was, he could only see opposition and hardened hearts but God sees the big picture and directed him to continue to serve. We need to ask God to show us the way to serve him and we need to give it our all. The reason should not be self glory but God’s glory and our eyes need to fixed on Jesus throughout.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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